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Miami County Community Foundation Awards over $35,000 to Miami County

Jay Albright, Executive Director of the NICF, Carol Biddle, Executive Director of Harvesting Capabilities, and Marcia Minard, the MCCF grant chairman.
Mark Demchak, CEO of the Miami County YMCA.

November 19, 2015 – The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) honored donors and charitable organizations at a fund founder celebration and grant reception held Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the First Christian Church Fire House in Peru.

Connie Cutler, Director of Development for the MCCF, along with Tom McKaig, MCCF Board President, Marsha Minard, MCCF Secretary and Grant Chairman and Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation presented seven charitable organizations with over $35,000 in grants to benefit all of Miami County.

The evening’s special presentation came from Connie Cutler, who spoke about the GIFT VI match incentive offered to the Community Foundation through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The MCCF has met the challenge and raised $500,000 that will be matched $1 for $1, and will lead to an additional $20,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars. The MCCF operational fund also benefit as well.

Local charitable organizations were honored during the event, with the announcement of grants made from the MCCF’s community fund grant dollars. These grants were selected through a competitive application process and reviewed by a panel of local citizens and members of the MCCF service committee.

Harvesting Capabilities received the largest portion of the annual grants with a $10,000 Impact Grant for the new Discount Medical Equipment and Thrift Store located at 231 North Grant Street in Peru. The organization also received a Sustainability Award in the amount of $5,000. This award comes in the form of a permanent endowment fund that will help the organization be sustainable into the future.

The evening also featured Community Support grant recipients. Those awards were: Junior Achievement of Miami County $1,500 for the Finance Park program; Macy Allen Township Volunteer Fire Dept. was awarded $2,555 for air pack equipment upgrades; the Miami County B.O.O.K.S. will purchase books with their grant of $1,350; Miami County YMCA received $3,113 in matching dollars for a new van for their transit service; The United Way of Miami County will use their grant of $5,000 for the Work2Gether Incentive.

The MCCF has awarded over $376,000 in grants and scholarships in 2015.

Ryan Sipe, Alexis Arnold and Julie Dyson with Junior Achievement; Marcia Minard, MCCF grant chairman; Dave Shambarger, with the Macy Volunteer Fire Department, Mark Demchak, CEO of the Miami County YMCA; and Debi Wallick, Executive Director of the United Way of Miami County.